Arkansas Crime

Local & Regional News
10:56 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Judge Sets Trial In Conway Police Officer's Death

Mug shot of Barry Strickland after his arrest in January 2013.
Credit Faulkner Co. Sheriff's Office

A judge has scheduled a December trial for a Bald Knob man charged with battery and driving while intoxicated in a traffic wreck that killed a Conway police officer.

Barry Strickland appeared in Faulkner County Circuit Court on Monday. He's charged in connection with the January 2013 death of Officer William McGary, who was struck and killed while directing traffic.

Faulkner County Circuit Judge Charles Clawson scheduled a Dec. 2 jury trial, though defense attorneys are asking for a change of venue.

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Local & Regional News
2:28 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Ex-County Judge Pleads Guilty To Bribery Charge

A former Ouachita County judge has pleaded guilty to a bribery charge involving a Federal Emergency Management Agency contract to clean up debris following October 2009 storms in the county.

Court documents show that James Michael Hesterly entered the plea Wednesday as part of an agreement in which other charges against him were dropped.

Hesterly's attorney did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

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Cyber Crime
9:35 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Arkansas AG Warns Consumers About Phishing Scams

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is reminding residents to be vigilant of criminal schemes used to gather information through email - commonly referred to as phishing.

McDaniel issued a consumer alert Wednesday after online retailer eBay announced last week that personal information- including the email addresses of more than 145 million users- had been stolen from the company's databases in a cyberattack.

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Local & Regional News
4:37 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Kenton Buckner To Be Next Little Rock Police Chief

Kenton Buckner

Little Rock officials say Kenton Buckner will become the city's next chief of police.

Buckner, who currently serves as assistant chief of the Louisville, Kentucky, police department, will become the 37th leader of the Little Rock department, which was established in 1866.

He succeeds Stuart Thomas, who is retiring at the end of June after serving as chief since 2005.

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Local & Regional News
1:35 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Gubernatorial Hopeful Asa Hutchinson Rolls Out Public Safety Plan

Asa Hutchinson in February when he filed paperwork to run for Governor.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Republican gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson rolled out a plan he says is aimed at reforming public safety and reducing drug abuse in Arkansas.

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Local & Regional News
9:05 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Arkansas Awards More Than $300,000 To Crime Victims

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says more than $308,000 was awarded to victims of crime last month.

The Arkansas Crime Victims Reparations Board made the awards in 213 new cases, with additional expenses paid in 11 previously submitted cases.

Under the reparations program, victims of violent crime in Arkansas are eligible to receive compensation for unexpected expenses after a crime. Victims may receive money for medical treatment, mental health counseling, lost wages or other related costs.

Last year, the board awarded more than $3 million in reparations.

Local & Regional News
3:27 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Board Rejects Request From Inmate Convicted Of Killing Police Officer

The Arkansas Pardon and Parole Board has denied a commutation request from a man convicted of killing a Pocahontas police officer.

The board announced Thursday that it rejected the commutation request of 55-year-old Dwight Sullinger.

He's serving life in prison after being convicted of the 1991 shooting death of Officer Scotty Bennett.  Prosecutors say Sullinger shot Bennett as the officer approached Sullinger's home after Sullinger had called and asked Bennett to come to the home.

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Local & Regional News
8:43 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Judge Lets Conviction Of Arkansas Treasurer Stand

Martha Shoffner
Credit David Goins / KARK-TV

A federal judge has upheld the corruption conviction of Arkansas' former treasurer,
rejecting her request to have the case heard by state authorities.

Lawyers for Martha Shoffner said the Arkansas Ethics Commission - not federal jurors - should have addressed claims that she accepted $36,000 from a bond broker who did business with the state. A federal jury convicted Shoffner on March 11.

The defense team said the federal government wasn't harmed by Shoffner's actions and wanted U.S. District Judge Leon Holmes to dismiss the charges against her.

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Local & Regional News
5:49 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Report Calls For Changes In Sentencing Juvenile Offenders

A new report by Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families is suggesting that judges and other officials reconsider whether locking up some juvenile offenders is the best approach.

The study, which looked at more than 40,000 incidents in the state, was released Tuesday in Fayetteville.

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Local & Regional News
8:52 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Officials Say Multiple Arrests In Cocaine Ring

Officials say multiple arrests have been made for a cocaine ring that was operating in central Arkansas.

Federal drug officials said Monday the arrests were related to an indictment of 23 people on drug and weapons charges. Officials allege those arrested were involved in the trafficking of hundreds of kilograms of cocaine since 2011 in North Little Rock, Little Rock and Saline County areas.

Between 2012 and 2013, officials say the drug trafficking organization had traded up to 10 kilograms of cocaine per week in Little Rock, valued up to $310,000.